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My favorite time of year is upon us. Chilly weather is still intermittent, but enough to remind us of winter’s approach. The natural world reflects the shift in temperature and season as leaves flutter down from colorful trees, birds careen in the brisk wind, and an immense groundhog shuffles about the yard brazenly. In the human world, it’s a time of duality – preparing to turn inward and hunker down for the winter, while also fitting in quick trips, time outside, and gatherings with friends.
Just ahead of the season of feasts and festivity that mark the transition from fall to winter, Brian and I decided to host a small harvest dessert party to celebrate this moment before. As usual, we kept things simple – a pear galette, chocolate chess pie, and a cheese and fruit plate with a quick Moscato pear jam.
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“Are you ready for Christmas?” seems to have become the standard holiday greeting, as though kindly store clerks and my fellow moms are wondering if I’ve prepared for the big meeting or finished my taxes. Personally, I miss the days of more joyful holiday wishes. Besides, organization has never been my strong suit; so being reminded of all the work I still need to do cuts deeply.
I take comfort in the fact that my family’s done all the most important things like watch Christmas movies with the kids and bake cookies. The tree we cut down ourselves stands twinkling in the living room. We’ve seen family and gone to recitals. I’ll get to the shopping, eventually. I hope. [Read more…]